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. these are core values that voters send politicians to washington, they want these things protected. no republican that's walking the halls of the house or senate was sent there to cave. theyere elected to advocate for fiscal austerity, balancing the budget, making the case why our debt and deficit are simply immoral and unsustainable. and that's why we admire, for example, people like our founders around our framers. that's why we hold them in such high regard. we conservatives, we love our country with passionate commitment, and like reagan and thatcher before us, we love our country too much to allow her to follow the path toward decline, social disintegration, and of course bankruptcy, which would lead to irrelevance. even when the public makes bad choices, as they did, for example, in the 1970s, when they elected jimmy carter, or as the british did in the 1930s when neville chamberlain served as prime minister. we'll continue to make our case with all the strength, passion, intelligence we can muster as conservatives. great leaders, they're always asked to do a difficult job, and they don't c
of being devastated, republicans in washington continue to play liberal games. they have turned the my way or the highway into my way or the runway. that is what is taking place. the federal aviation the administration has been bottled up now. this is the 10th day. we have lost about $300 million in revenue. i am pleased the senate seems to be willing to go further on some of this. the legislation that seems to be agreed to, which is the house version leaves out a big chunk,. the contract in jobs being held that have already been, there is little that is more important to job creation than these small airports. for my republican friends to continue to wreak havoc among the lives of those men and women, who are dependent upon these contracts in order to put food on the table, and in order for the ceiling over their heads, and prepare for a future for their children. this is unconscionable. i would hope we would hurry and get to the point of really setting aside political gains and start doing what is necessary to resolve these issues. the american people would like to see us resolve. let me
] ♪ >>> my name is mary numyer. i live in washington but met chris 26 years ago at hastings law school, two blocks from here. we were in the same section in the same study group. when we finished law school we both went to the east coast to work for large law firms. over the years we stayed in close touch. when chris was back from over seas we were frequent tennis partners and would get together for dinners and other events in washington. over the years our families became friends as well. it's been such a pleasure to come to know them and chris's many friends in washington and to watch his career unfold. we met on the first day of school. i sat down in our civil procedure class next to a person who turned out to be named chris highland. shortly thereafter chris stevens sat down next to me. the three of us went to lunch afterwards and became friends from that day forward. chris never tried to be someone special but he was someone special. when we were at hastings his charm and wit were on display from the start. in class he was very articulate and seemed as later in life always very poised
sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing for those taxes on the rich. meantime, here on capitol hill we're seeing some small signs of compromise. today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new xhous economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam another $2200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing we can agree on, that middle class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it's tied to spending cuts and pro growth tax reform that broadens the base. >> you don't raise rates. you cap the amount -- it hets the wealthy. >> reporter: the bottom line, americans are bo
again tomorrow night. make sure you go to gretawir gretawire.com. good night from washington, d.c.. we'll see you on gretawire.com for that open thread. good night. and here he is. >> bill: o'reilly factor is on. tonight: >> ♪ the stars at night ♪ are big and bright ♪ deep in the heart of texas ♪ i wish they all could be california girls ♪ >> bill: a tale of two americans. texas and california. which is the better place to live and why? what is the vast difference between the two most populated states about america say? >> does do your parents ask you for money when you go back home? >> yes. >> does that ever work? >> i think it does work. >> you can't give people money and help them. >> tim allen criticizing the obama administration. is that a smart thing to do career-wise? adam corolla will have some thoughts. >> what's nascar all about? >> sunshine, palm trees everywhere. perfect place for a championship. >> watters world goes to the big nascar championship. >> do you guys ever watch bill o'reilly on the fox news channel. >> i thought bill o'reilly was on the food network.
>> as they returned to washington this week, some lawmakers from both parties were talking about compromise to avoid the january fiscal cliff, showing a willingness to put spending cuts and revenues on the negotiating table. the white house warned that the uncertainty of potential tax hikes for middle-class taxpayers could hurt consumer confidence during the holiday shopping session. that could have a big effect on the economy. the washington post writes that the white house is ratcheting up pressure to avoid the fiscal cliff. on c-span tonight, we will bring you some of the house and senate debate from august of 2011, when congress passed the budget control act that triggered cuts to take effect on january 1. we will also hear from president obama, who signed the deficit reduction measure into law, part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling. first, senate majority leader harry reid and republican majority leader mitch mcconnell will talk on the senate floor about the january fiscal deadline. >> since our country voted to return president obama to the white house, i have spoken o
on the philosophy i just put forth? joining us now from washington mary katharine ham and juan williams both fox news analysts. on paper where would you rather live, juan. >> on paper i would have to agree with you. it sounds like texas is the place. again, that spirit of freedom. i must say when you said that thing about people not wearing helmets on motorcycles it, reminded me of the whole healthcare debate. i don't want to have to pay when that person goes smoosh on the street. >> bill: that's a legitimate point that people who are irresponsible and hurt themselves oftentimes then wind up in a long-term care facility and the taxpayer has to pick it up. however, you have got to decide, juan and i want you to decide right now. which is worse? the government imposing a lifestyle upon you or basically, look, you are 21 years old and up, by the way under 21 in texas have to wear the helmet. 21 years old and up, you know, can you do what you want to do which is the greater good? for you? >> well, for me, again, i understand what you are saying about this notion of personal freedom. especially when
story is the fact that some very tough choices are coming, and it is the folks in washington who are going to decide for everyone. we have it all covered tonight, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, leaders in wall street and washington have been warning for weeks of a possibility of an economic downturn if they don't avert what we have been calling the fiscal cliff. and yet the consumers we have been talking about are not acting very worried. trying to capitalize on the strong holiday shopping season, the president warned that the economy will spiral downward if it is not addressed. >> i think it is a reason that retailers are so concerned. that congress has not yet extended the middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: the report also estimates that consumer spending could drop by $200 billion by 2013. 31st, there will be a massive fiscal cliff, of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: the federal reserve chairman coined that term last spring, restoration of 2% in payroll taxes, expiration of unemploy
pelosi, senator feinstein and senator boxer you will well served in washington d c and the people will be well served by this project. thank you san francisco. >> secretary lahood. thank you very much for that wonderful news. >> [inaudible] >> it's a really truly a great day for san francisco. great cities need great public transportation systems, and you know what? you know what makes our city great with all these leaders? they listen. they listen to our communities. they understand -- because for years our communities pleaded we need better transportation systems what makes our leaders so great they listen and they act. that is so wonderful. that is what standard that we have for all of our public officials. secretary lahood if you could thank president obama from all of us. yes. [applause] because i know today we're going to spend a lot of precious moments thanking leader pelosi and congress women fine 79 and boxer and. >> >> we're going to thank all of our community members and from china town and all of them have worked very hard. these are not easy projects. they'r
closer to a tax and fiscal cliff fix? cnbc's own chief washington correspondent john harwood joins us now with all the details. good evening, john. >> reporter: good evening, laurie, and i think we are getting somewhat closer, and the white house would count it as good news that you found common cause with their report on the impact of fiscal spending. let's talk for a moment about what's happened on the fiscal cliff by the numbers since that early constructive meeting with the congressional leaders and the president. the numbers are all one. there's one month left for these leaders to figure it out. two, 1.4 it is is the amount to be shaved off by gdp and one is the amount of trillions of dollars that democratic aides, senior democratic aides tell me is necessary to get a deal wit end of the year with the remaining 3 trillion of savings coming in the early part of next year, ants finally one is the number of phone calls made over the weekend between president obama and house speaker john boehner so there hasn't been a lot of concrete progress, but there is total progress in terms of the
in washington. the president's fiscal cliff campaign. live pictures of the white house are president obama will meet today with 15 small business owners. the first of a series of meetings this week as the administration puts the pressure on congress to make a deal. the "washington post" reporting the talks are accelerating between president obama and top congressional leaders, including john boehner who was on the phone with the president over the weekend. the white house's pr campaign is being buoyed along by warren buffett who is voicing support for tax hikes for americans just like him. >> i think it would have a great effect in terms of the morale of the middle class who have seen themselves paying high payroll taxes, income taxes and then watched guys like me end up paying a rate that's below that, you know, paid by the people in my office. >> joining me now is wisconsin's republican senator ron johnson. senator, it's great to have you with us this morning. and as we talk about what's taking place in washington, d.c. right now, the million dollar question is all concerns around senato
have said. washington is running way too much money. there may be differences in want of other issues, t on this one, most americans agree that there's too much waste and fraud and abuse and let's eliminate that. cheryl: where do they fit nto this scenario? fatcat ceos, those from honeywell, allstate, do you think that that is going to be a sitive conversation? will congressional leaders listen? >> i would think that they have been listening to the ceos all along. and even lookng at wall street and main street and they all say the same thing. we want certainty out of washington. we haven't gotten it from is administration, whether it is dodd-frank and all the mess that the excessive spending. so i think that wall street and main street will say the same thing. stoppending soso much, put your fiscal hou in order. >> let me ask you about warren buffett. warren buffett saying that there's no tax pledge doesn't work. today, and i would like to play this to you over and over, he responded. take a listen to this. >> i agree with part of it. warren buffett really believe what he said, he cou
republicans too often come to washington saying, it is assess 3508, but after a -- cesspool and after a couple of years they say it a hot tub. but it is not going to work we've seen with budget summit after budget summit, whatever you give more revenue to government, they wind up increasing spending not on mention there are usually -- and they never get as much revenue as they think they will get, so we will dig ourselves deeper into a hole if we wind up letting government get bigger by feeds the beast with more taxes. neil: thank you all very much this is an alarming development post-turkey days, some republicans maybe acting like turkeys. this is cyber monday, a lot of you, if you were working buying stuff, you were not alone, 1.5 billion in cyber related sales if there is a scare on part of justaf ran average joe d grow an and this fiscal cliff, have a funny way of showing it today. neil: all right, tell the truth, a lot of you were shopping at work today, cyber monday. but no deal in washington on this fiscal cliff. if you were there, how would you get a deal done, you can tweet us, we'll
between washington progress and real progress. americans say they want real progress and real give-and-take to get there. listen to this. 72% in our brand-new cnn/orc poll say they want president obama to compromise with republicans on taxes and spending. an identical 72% want republicans to do the same, compromise with the other side. as for what compromise should entail, 67% favor a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. that's what they say real progress would look like. keeping them honest, real progress is one thing. washington progress is another. so far at least we see much more of the second than the first, and we're getting late new word that any progress might be stalled. more on that shortly. first, a good example of washington progress. republican lawmakers standing up in a limited way to a beltway power broker named grovier norquist over the 1980s era pledge he pressures them to sign promising not to raise any taxes ever. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware. i was just elected. the only thing i'm honoring is the oath i take when i serve when i
is live from washington this morning. very nice to see you, mark. so the house is back in session today, and so far there are no talks scheduled between top republicans and the president, we understand. >> no, that's true, zoraida. in fact we haven't seen the congressional leadership and president obama meet since november 16th. now there were staff discussions over the thanksgiving holiday. they don't seem to be as productive as some people had hoped, as you said, we are now 35 days until the fiscal cliff. what we do know, though, is that president obama did reach out to house speaker john boehner. he is the republican, the senate majority leader harry reid the democrat over the weekend, perhaps to try to jump-start the talks. as of now, as the house of representatives comes back today, as the senate came back yesterday, we're still very much in limbo on the fiscal cliff. >> here's something else we know. some major republicans have come out and they say that they don't feel bound by the americans for tax reform pledge. most recently we saw house majority leader eric cantor. do you bel
" and we are back again at on fox business network, lawmakers in washington are pushing if tax hikes and we are going to be if california at highest tax state in the nation to see what the tax hikes might do with a lot of special guests and if you notice they changed the sign too. italian americans unite. >> talk of a gasoline tax hike that has steve moore say washington is adding fuel to the fire but i heard it and i thought it could not be so but there is a real chance. >> i wish i were the chip magnet that you are. >>neil: it is a burden to carry but i try. >>guest: they are talking about a gas tax throwing out automatic sorts of revenue proposal and i listened to your interview with rand paul they are looking under any rock rather than looking if ways to cut spending. >>neil: that is what worries me. you have written brilliantly about this. i know they lost an election but did republicans also lose their backbone? >>guest: they have gone into the fetal position. i am worried. they did lose the election but they still hold the house of representatives and i don't think the american peopl
into the question of why it's not just me, it's the op-ed board, the editorial board of the "washington post" that said this is bizarre. why are they pursuing susan rice like this? there are troubling questions about these senators and their witch hunt that they have engaged in. >> david, john mccain said i am upset by answers that were given and answers that were not given. he's just upset generally about everything that happened. i will ask, is this the best thing the republicans have going for them? we have polling from cnn/orc that asks about a benghazi cover-up. 42% of respondents believe there was a cover-up. 54% believe the statements reflected the information that the white house with susan rice had at the time. >> that poll getses to what the republicans are trying to pull over here. they are trying to suggest that the issue is not what happened in benghazi, not the death of four -- of people working at the american government, including the ambassador and what the state department did, cia did or didn't do, they're trying to suggest what's here is a cover-up that barack obama right
to make his case for the possibility of higher taxes ahead. our washington correspondent, john harwood, is here with the very latest. hi, john. >> reporter: hi, tyler. you know, everybody is staking out public positions and trying to drive public opinion their way. the president's been doing that all week. he is doing that with his meeting at 2:30 this afternoon with small business leaders from around the country. he is later going to travel to pennsylvania to make his case publicly, part of what he is saying is that if you adopt his plan on the extension of the bush tax cuts that is for the middle class and not for people at the top that almost every small business owner is going to get a tax cut as a result of that. and republicans are staking out their own position that tax revenue can go up but not tax rates. once they get into the room and the hard bargaining which of the positions ultimately falls away. the signs remain positive, tyler, we will get a deal by the end of the year. >> the president just half of the equation. congress is the other half. and many of those members, all
pledges and instead are now claiming the grover norquist is the real problem in washington d.c. fox digital politics center is here with us tonight as is the daily caller stalker carlson. egyptian leader declaring new powers for himself, claiming he won't be just another dictator. just a week ago praised by the obama administration for brokering a ceasefire in gaza, and now the white house is silent on the more -- coupe. middle east expert professor hoover institute senior fellow "wall street journal" as columnist among our guests here tonight. we begin with the president's broad based strategy to conduct our right class warfare against the republican party on the issue of taxes and the fiscal cliff. the white house today released a report from the council of economic advisers. that report claims that if republican lawmakers don't accept the president's fiscal proposals they would be responsible for destroying christmas for the nation's retail sector. the national retail federation is forecasting that holiday sales will grow. if congress does not act on the president's plan to exten
in washington he carries weight as evidenced by lawmaker xgh signed the pledge over the years. norquist told abc news this isn't about him and lawmaker autos don't tell me bit. they need tochl plain to voters.twrht >> there is still a catch. >> i will violate the pledge for the good of the country only if democrats will do reform. >> the white house indicated everything is part of the discussion. >> abc news, washington. >> stocks gave back a little of last weeks gain was traders concerned with about the fiscal cliff. dow jones gave back 42 points to finish at 12,967. the s and p 500 off nearly three. >> jipgss planned a real yeel against a recent power grab by president morsi. a shawl but vocal group demonstrated again today in tahrir square. emfeel he is acting like a dictateor. the u.s. says his power grab goes against the spirit of the revolution. >> morsi says he acted within his rights when issues declaration that's give him sweeping powers and writing a new constitution above egypt's judish yairy. his spokesman says the decrees could not infringe on the course in any way. supporters inte
does he even have to bargain? is there any -- you know feeling in washington right now that d listen, hey, the president won. he won a plurality of [ technical difficulties ] >> three dozen say republicans, and that would be a deal weighted -- >> the grand bargain was on the table. the president was apparently willing to do it earlier this year. [ technical difficulties ] >> and now it's -- now he has -- [ technical difficulties ] >> enough tax revenue, then i think he's willing, willing to deal. i suspect he is going to do something that his base isn't going to ben tirely happy with. but that's [ technical difficulties ] >> over the qualifying aids for social security or qualifications for medicaid or anything like that. i think it is probably going to be in the waste department abuse category. and not any kind of sweeping reform. [ technical difficulties ] >> let's be clear. the rule change being proposed not s not an affront to me or the republican party. it's an affront to the american [ technical difficulties ] >> so he doesn't have to be on board. but look,
from washington with all of those details. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, lynn. good morning, everyone. as we track negotiations over the next few weeks, keep in mind that the key sticking point seems to be how do you get people who earn over $250,000 to contribute more? limit their deductions? close loopholes? or raise their tax rates? today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new white house economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle-class family will owe uncle sam another $2,200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing that we can all agree on, that middle-class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans who have been dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it's tied to spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform that brudens the base and lowers rates. >> you don't raise rates, you just cap the amount of itemized deductions that t
. there are lots of rumblings coming out of washington. let's turn to scott bauer of trading advantage to talk about this alleged fiscal cliff. what do you think - and good morning - deal or no deal, scott? > > good morning angie. yeah, there is going to be a deal. it may not be later this week, it may not be next week, but i think at a minimum we are going to see congress, the president, everyone say, you know what, we are on the table together here, and even if we have to extend this three months, six months, we are going to get it done. there is no way with the recovery that we have seen - and i'm not talking about the stock market recovery, i am talking more of the consumer sentiment recovery, housing recovery - with what we have seen the last quarter of this year, there is no way that the guys in washington can harm that or add anything to take the momentum away from that. it just won't happen. > let's talk about the stock market. what levels are you watching here? > > 1390 really held yesterday, during the sell-off in the morning. that is a real near- term support in s&ps. i think in the
feeling in washington right now that hey the president won he won a plurality of the electoral votes, by 4% in the popular vote, maybe don't touch medicaid these sacred cows as they're called. >> he campaigned oh on a balanced approach, and a balanced approach includes entitlement reduction. i think you've got some progressives who understand that if the medicare, medicaid isn't reigned in somehow that it will eat you the rest of the budget and there won't be any money left for the things that progressives want. i think he's got some bargaining power on the left, as well as on the right and to get 218 votes in the house he needs to get 30-35 republican votes and then the democrats can pay us the rest of it, if it's a deal that much to the democratic's liking that he only needs to shave off you know, three dozen republicans. that would be a deal weighted toward the democrats. will the republicans then totally resist? you know, nobody's ever gone broke underestimating republican obstructionism. >> that's for sure. is a listen to you though, as i listen to you the grand bargain was on the tab
away from the fiscal cliff. we have fox team coverage. chief washington correspondent james rosen is at the white house to tell us about the president's return to the campaign trail sort of. but we begin with the chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel and another reason that the talk reconciliation so important. good evening, mike. >> good evening. there are strong suggestions that the nation's debt problem may be worse than $16 trillion and counting and key lawmakers are saying it's time to slash spending. >> i can cut $600 billion more out of the federal government tomorrow. nobody would know a difference except for the people employed by the programs here in washington, d.c. >> when asked by fox what he would be willing to cut, the senate majority leader didn't offer anything new. >> remember, we have already done more than $1 billion worth of cuts. we have done that. so we need to get some credit for that. and the negotiations that take place. >> 42 business organizations sent this letter to top lawmakers urging congress not to increase taxes writing, "we strongly urge
the late-day selloff? most on the street blaming these words out of washington about fiscal cliff. >> there's been little progress with the republicans, which is a disappointment to me. they've talked some happy talk about doing revenues, but we only have a couple weeks to get something done. so we have to get away from the happy talk and start talking about specific things. >> as we head into the fiscal cliff negotiations, my advice to the president would be seems like our friends on the other side are having some difficulty turning off the campaign. we need to sit down and work this matter out. >> behind closed doors. even with the fiscal cliff looming over the markets, our own jeff cox with cnbc.com says there's a growing bit of optimism about the outlook for next year. take a look at some of the predictions from some of the street's biggest names regarding the s&p 500 for next year. it's quite a chapg for morgan stanley, by the way, whose 2012 forecast was for the s&p to close at 1167 on december 31 of this year. >> wow. they're expecting a mega rally next year. >> he hates having to co
has this kind of a selloff when we get words out of washington today. what do you make of this? who's right on the fiscal cliff right now? >> well, i think that -- >> steven gilfoil. >> the consumer isn't paying that much attention to this. the regular american doesn't watch the financial news. he isn't reading the kinds of papers we read. and he's less concerned with this. >> should they be? >> they probably should be, but investors are more concerned with corporate news, with macroeconomic news. the senator made a statement today. you would expect some kind of posturing this week. we're still 30 days out or so. they don't really have to cut a deal yet. they have to look like they're fighting for what they want to fight for, yet please the constituents. they're probably going to put that off for a couple weeks. >> it's the other way around. washington should be paying attention to the consumer and realize how much is the stake here. when you look at the consumer confidence levels able to hold up. when you look at the retail sales numbers pensimentioned by and the idea we've stabili
the left or from democrats in washington toward the administration just saying, hey, look, don't fall for this trap of nominating susan rice because you have to? get somebody that agrees more? >> susan rice is very well respected, and i know a lot of progressives wanted her to be a spokesperson because they thought she was effective. susan rice is known as the conscience of the administration when it comes to human rights. se favors a muscular intervention diplomacy and is probably more willing to intervene on human rights issues than john kerry would be. john kerry, if he were nominated for secretary of state, would probably have an easier time through the senate, especially now, but also because the senators there are his colleagues. >> amanda, thanks very much. see you soon. >> thank you. >> this hour the president meets with mexico's president-elect, and they're taking immigration. could we be on the verge of major reform? the spin cycle is next, and we roll on for tuesday, november 27th. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie sou
to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: washington's struggle to avoid going off the "fiscal cliff" resumed in earnest today. the president moved to draw on his reelection victory for new clout with congress. the goal: a sweeping deficit agreement to avert $650 billion in spending cuts and tax increases at the start of 2013. from the white house came word that president obama will try to build public pressure on congress to raise taxes on the wealthy and prevent tax hikes for everyone else. white house spokesman jay carney. >> well, the president believes very strongly that the american people matter in this debate. because this debate is about them. the question of whether or not taxes go up on 98% of american tax payers is a very important to ordinary americans. it is not just a matter for discussion between the president and the senate minority leader. or other congressional leaders. >> brown: to that end the president met privately today with small business owners. on friday he'll travel to the philadelphia area to speak further on the issue. not to be outdone
be on the chopping block. abc's tahman bradley is live in washington with more on the intense negotiations that are now under way. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and bapaula. some republican lawmakers are signaling a willingness to cut a deal with president obama. but doing so, it would require republicans to break a long-standing gop pledge. some republican lawmakers say they're now willing to defy party politics and cut a deal on taxes. if congress doesn't act, $650 million of spending and tax increases will take place on january 1st. but there's fresh hope in washington that republicans and democrats can strike a deal. >> the world has changed. >> reporter: the biggest obstacle is a pledge of no tax increases of virtually any kind that every republican has signed. but with fiscal calamity on the horizon, some gop lawmakers have changed their tune. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> reporter: defying the pledge would buck 20 years of republican orthodoxy. this is the man behind the pledge. he's gotten thousands of republi
on the hill this week. margaret brennan, cbs news, washington. >>> in egypt, a rally by supporters of president mohamed morsi has been cancelled. overnight anti-government protesters clashed with police in cairo's tahrir square. they plan to press ahead with the demonstration today, demanding that morsi relent on his seizure of near absolute authority. he said the edict was temporary and only granted him limited authority. holly williams is in cairo. do we have any indication of what the president there is going to do? is he going to back down? >> good morning. well, president mohamed morsi is clearly trying to persuade people that he doesn't want to be a dictator. he met with a group of senior egyptian judges and he told them that his new immunity of the courts would only apply to sovereign matters. the problem with that is we don't know exactly what it means and it certainly won't be enough to satisfy his opponents. in fact, one of those judges described it as a frail statement. for president morsi's critics, they are still extremely angry about the series of decrees that he issu
. keeping them honest, though, real progress is one thing, washington progress is another. so far at least we're seeing much more of the second than the first. we're getting late new word that any progress might be stalled. more on that shortly. republican lawmakers standing up in a limited way to a beltway power broker named grover norquist over the 1980s era pledge, he pressures them to sign, promising not to raise taxes. any taxes. ever. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge, i made tennessee ans aware i am honoring the oath i take when i'm sworn in this january. >> that's one of the handful of republican lawmakers repudiating the pledge. he joins us shortly. i'll ask him to be more specific about whether that means higher tax rates for high incomes are on the table. something president obama campaigned and won re-election on. senator lindsey graham also breaking with norquist says no on higher tax rates, but is open to more tax revenue by limiting deductions. >> i will violate the pledge long story short for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> another
, virginia governor bob mcdonnell. good morning from washington. it's tuesday, november 27, 2012. this is "the daily rundown. "i'm chuck todd. the next few weeks are going to feel repetitive. lots of public posturing and little change. there will be one flash point every day or so that might grab headlines but ultimately they won't matter much in hindsight. and then around friday, december 14, something will begin to break. so goes the story that is the fiscal cliff. the president is stepping up his outside game with events this week to 0 build public support. some call it posturing for his preferred combination of tax ineeses and spending cuts. a contrast from how the white house conducted itself during the 2011 debt ceiling standoff. ultimately this fight comes down to another number, 218. the number of house votes needed for a deal. and it's not clear that his efforts will persuade 100 to 120 house republicans who are needed at a minimum for boehner to get a deal done to get to the 218 overall. remember these republicans believe just as fervently as the white house does that t
were to gather once again on a lovely morning in washington, d.c., what would we like to have seen before? how do we -- what do we -- what needs to be done to reach a sustainable deal on iran's nuclear program? each of you. please take one of those. >> on the first question i think it's quite simple. there will be israeli attack. they are not doing everything. certainly not. it will be an action which the israeli says, look what happened in syria. we had this facility and blew it up. what happened? it was an attack by the security council -- syria didn't complain because they didn't want the inspector to see they had been cheating. nobody else complained. i mean, this is a really shocking reaction. that was in violation of the fundamental international law. so i think it's quite clear to me that the breakdown of the talks that israel will take a step. maybe supported by president obama. i'm very pessimistic about that. >> what's the result of that strike? what does that lead to from there? briefly. >> well, some of us are old enough to remember the complaints -- they had big proble
and basically said that their real oath is to america and not to a washington loppiest named grover norquist. >> it's actually true. some republicans have signaled a willingness to buck grover norquist and his anti-tax pledge and raise some new revenue. "the wall street journal" weighed in with a reasonable argument. president obama's re-election means the taxes for upper income earners are going up one way or another. speaker john boehner deserves some leeway to try to mitigate the damage by negotiating a larger tax reform. leeway to negotiate sounds pretty sane to me. for some, of course, that's a great big lump of coal wrapped up as an early christmas present. >> revenue that happens to be the democratic code word for tax increases. that is simply not an acceptable position for any true conservative. republicans were not elected to rubber stamp obama's agenda. >> seems some news personalities may be taking a tax increase on the highest earners somewhat personally. anyway, republicans didn't win the white house or the senate. i wonder what other conservatives have to say about that. >> the
with the other side, a thing we don't see much in washington to get things done for the people. yes, it's the storm, but also the body of what he's done -- >> mike, it's so unusual in a state like new jersey where scandal seems to chase one major politician after another from toricelli to menendez. and who would've believed this big guy that came out of nowhere would rise above them all? it is stunning stuff. >> well, big guy and big lesson to be learned by others in that business. that you can speak your mind as chris christie does every day all day, you can speak your mind and get away with it, that's not the wrong phrase, actually. >> be rewarded for it. >> by behaving the way chris christie did. by appearing with the president of the united states, by acknowledging the fact that the president came, and thank you very much for all your help in new jersey and appear to be and indeed be bipartisan. look at the rewards. people recognize it. >> i just wonder if during hurricane sandy if mitt romney had said i really, really, appreciate what the president is doing at this time of crisis f
work the legislation regarding homeland security. ♪ >> "washington journal" continues. host: with 35 days to strike a deal, the two sides have yet to set up a face to face discussion this week. instead both sides plan to meet in separate meetings. liberal groups like unions are planning protests on capitol hill. prominent democrats are advocating a cliff diving. we want to get your take. should we go over the fiscal cliff? the democrats, 202-585-3880. republicans, 202-585-3881. independents and all others, 2.202-585-388 yesterday at the daily news conference of the white house, jay carney the spokesman there was asked about liberals who are advocating going off the so- called fiscal cliff. here is what he had to say. [video clip] >> he spoke with john boehner. by the weekend and he will meet with them at the appropriate time as well as nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. so the process that he began is continuing. recanting you to be optimistic that a balanced approach is achievable. we know what the solutions are. it was senator who said that in an op-ed, one benefit of all o
, in 1995, when i was first elected to the house of representatives, i came to washington with a singular purpose, to serve the constituents of the second district of illinois. during that time, for 17 years, i have traveled on a journey with the citizens of they have second district of illinois and with their unwavering support we have worked together to transform what was once an underdeveloped and nearly forgotten south side of chicago. along this journey we have accomplished much. we have built new train stations, water towers, and emergency rooms. we have brought affordable house, community centers and health care clinics to those who needed it most. in all, nearly $1 billion worth of infrastructure and community improvement has been made on the south side of chicago and thousands of new jobs have been created. we began this journey by promising fresh water for the people of fort heightsened a new airport that would employ, upon completion, 300,000 people. today, the people of fort heights have fresh out water and sitting on the governor's desk is a $400 million proposal for an airpo
leadership, capitol in washington, we can begin to solve problems. caro tells us about how johnson was vice president of the most powerful guy in the world in washington, d.c., right where we are, when he was majority leader. the go two guy in washington. all things went through his office. he became vice president and help john f. kennedy become elected president, and then was relegated to nothing is in effect. he became almost invisible during the first three years of the kennedy administration. the book caro writes about how the kennedy team which came into washington with great hopes, called him corn poke. i love austin underwood to school up there in high school. there's a lot of smart people of the but i've always resented the fact that people in the north think the people in texas are deserving of terms like corn poke. i don't know but you but it kind of upsets me. because we do have people that are a little capable of doing things, including the then president of the united states lyndon johnson. who, in a six-week period kept the kennedy team because it was essential to be able to
. they will sit down in about 20 minutes from now. kelly wright is live in washington there. kelly, you're covering this morning. what is the expectation from this meeting on the hill? >> reporter: the expectations bill, they will get down to the bottom of this. at least that's what they will try to do. that is the most fundamental thing to these republican senators. they want to find out exactly what susan rice knew, before, during and after that attack. she has emerged, by the way as a frontrunner and possibly being nominated for secretary of state. if so, she will have to face these critics anyway in a confirmation hearing. their support will be vital. with this meeting she can face them and explain why she described the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi this way. let's give you a recall. >> what happened initially it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo. as a consequence of the video. >> reporter: and she never described it as a terror attack back then and that has outrained key republicans who find her comments very troubling. >> i don't think this
, they weren't alone. finally there's washington. we headed into the weekend with lots of talk. lots of talk about good feelings. good feelings over possible deal to avert the fiscal cliff. republicans seem to be breaking ranks with the hardliners. talk about maybe raising revenues if the democrats will be willing to do meaningful entitlement reform. that positive tone, the rising above, helped move up the futures right into the bell. who wanted to be short ahead of a weekend deal? what a difference a day makes. this morning we come in, what are they chattering about? greece. greece. can you believe greece? it's standing in the way of a european deal again. this small country with no grip on its finances has europe hostage all over again. without a deal, every major bourse in europe came down last night. we didn't get a sunday night easing from china. worried that the recent positive data can't be maintained without more interest rate cuts. you know what, we've been conditioned to believe that weaker economic data means more stimulus, which leads to higher stock prices here. what happens if
by these corporate ceos. joining me now is e.j. dionne, washington post columnist and author of the book "our divided political heart." good to have you with us tonight. >> great to be with you. >> this looks like a publicity tour taking aim at earned benefits instead of corporate welfare. it's like these guys have the power to go out and command the camera and the exposure and to make share case that everybody else is the problem but their corporate welfare. how do you see it? >> well, i tell you, ed, one of the things that really bothers me is when these guys start talking about raising the retirement age and what do they have in mind? they have in mind people like ceos, people like us who talk and write for a living, i hope i'm talking to you for a good long time, but they don't think the about what this means for people who might work on their feet all day at a mcdonald's. i'd like to challenge these guys if they want to call for an a later retirement age, let them go to work for a couple of weeks in a coal minor mcdonald's or in a car plant or as an orderly in a hospital. the other thing is that
's washington bureau chief, susan page, and ryan grim. good morning to both of you. >> hey, good morning. >> good morning. >> we've laid out some of the basics there and warren buffett was out this morning talking about taxing the wealthy. he says there should be a minimum tax on millionaires. take a listen. >> i think it would have a great effect in terms of the morale of the middle class who have seen themselves paying high payroll taxes, income taxes, and then they've watched guys like me end up paying a rate that's below that, you know, paid by the people in my office. >> you know, he was the one that in a way started all this, susan, because he talked about he shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than his secretary. now he's saying that taxes should rise, maybe for people making over $500,000 a year. a lot of republicans loved him for his business sense, but have they stopped listening to him now? >> well, and of course, if you raise the minimum tax on millionaires, i think americans would be all for that. the trouble is, it doesn't really raise you enough money, not the kind of money we'
across the country. washington, d.c. host: there have been reports that secretary geithner will play a role in these talks. guest: the economic team is in place right now. this is obviously a very critical role for the administration and for the american people as a whole. with tim geithner, a lot of people have said he is one of the reasons why things are as shaky as they are right now. others have argued without that kind of leadership, we would still be back in a financial crisis right now. hank paulson, the former ceo of goldman sachs, was the one who had to enact tarp. what it comes down to wall street right now, timothy geithner still has credibility. he has worked at the fed. the question becomes whether or not the future treasury secretary is going to be able to smooth things over between the administration and wall street. this next treasury secretary is going to be a person who has to be a negotiator and can smooth things over with corporate america and main street, america. that is why they will have his or her work cut out for them. host: dominic chu, thank you so much fo
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